A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks ...
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A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks a stool out from under him. The death is ruled a suicide. The giant is an assistant to Ahben Vanesku, a cult leader who hires Peter Gunn to find a female cult member who supposedly embezzled $ 200,000 from the cult. Gunn tracks the beautiful woman to Spain. Written by
A series oddity. I'm guessing that based on the release date, narrative oddities, and a floating Pete (no Mother, Edie, or urban haunts) this may have been a pilot episode. Anyhow, Pete's hired by an exotic cult leader (Marcuse) to track down a comely follower (Marshall) who, he claims, stole money from the temple. Pete better not slip up or the leader's giant enforcer (Baer) will dangle him 2-feet off the ground.
Opening the entry is the customary grabber, but no trademark noirish atmosphere or verbal fencing with Jacobi. In place of a cool jazz scene, Pete ends up in Spain with Spanish background tunes. Note too Pete's voice-over conveying his thoughts, a definite departure from series norm. On the other hand, are the usual exotics, plus an Edie look-alike, Marshall. All in all, it's a good story with a neat twist. And if it was a pilot, I'm not surprised the series got picked up for network showing.
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